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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Efim Bogoljubov
Nottingham (1936), Nottingham ENG, rd 15, Aug-28
English Opening: King's English Variation. Closed System Full Symmetry (A26)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-01-05  RookFile: I was really struck by how Capablanca
held back the development of his king's knight so early in the opening. Tremendous alertness.

What can happen is: in this setup, black can play the move ... f4, often sacrificing a pawn. That works particularly well when white mindlessly moves his king's knight out and castles kingside too fast.

Capa has none of that here: he is really cautious on the kingside, and doesn't give black that opportunity.

Really quite good considering the year is 1936 and this stuff if still being developed.

Sep-01-05  RookFile: Notice: Bogo played 21... f4!
anyway (!), but Capablanca was set up
to be able to deal with it.
May-15-07  paladin at large: The white knight looks good going 26. Ne6 and I assume that Capablanca did not expect Bogoljubov to sacrfice the exchange with 26. Raa8. In any case, Bogo looks impressive in the subsequent action as Capa's queenside action fizzles out and they slug it out to a draw.

The context of the game is worthy of note. Capa did not feel well going into the tournament since he had hurt his back playing tennis and had limited stamina due to severe hypertension which would give him severe headaches after lengthy sessions at the board. Nonetheless, he pulled himself together for this tournament - perhaps the most presitigious of all time - and was heading into this last game of the tournament needing a win for sole possession of first prize.

Going into the game with white, and with a stellar record against Bogo, one might have expected him to win; but he didn't have it, and maybe just ran out of gas.

Capa was a fine sportsman in the aftermath of Nottingham 1936 for, although he complained during his game with Flohr and subsequent report about Euwe's bad conduct at their board, he did not dwell on it. (Capa lost to Flohr via a blunder which occurred after Euwe began to interfere.) Capa later noted that he was proud to share first place with Botvinnik and regarded it as his greatest tournament achievement.

Jan-03-08  Calli: 28.Qb5? is a blunder allowing the zwischenzug 28...Bxe4! Correct was 28.Be3 (Alekhin) which should win.
Jan-19-19  edubueno: Bogo debería haber aceptado tablas repitiendo en la jugada 37...Af5+ En cambio juega a complicar y queda perdido. Pero Capablanca está cansado y no gana, cuando omite la jugada 40 llevar el rey a buen puerto. 40. Kf2 Rf7+ 41. Ke2 Bd3+ 42. Kxd3 Rxf1 43. Rb7+ Bg7 44. a7 Ra1 45. Rxg7+ Kxg7 46. Bc3+

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